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Essentials of Developing a Mentoring Program
Align mentoring with business goals.
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Mentoring is a key to many important outcomes crucial to your workforce, including sustained employee development, targeted and individualized feedback, and knowledge transfer. However, setting up an effective mentoring program requires a great deal of effort, logistics, and organizational support. Do you know where to begin? This program examines each of the components necessary for creating and implementing an impactful mentoring program.

The task of designing and developing a mentoring program can be daunting. This workshop examines what you need to develop a successful mentoring program, and provides you with best practices for implementing it.

The first session begins by building a definition of mentoring and contrasting it with the discipline of coaching. You’ll look at how to prepare for a successful mentoring program by partnering with leadership, establishing a business case, and identifying performance outcomes. You will start building a draft program plan during the session. By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Define mentorship and mentoring.
  • Align a mentoring program with key goals and initiatives in an organization.
  • Describe the desired outcomes of a mentoring program. 
  • Discover how communication and marketing of a mentoring program affect its success.

Once a plan is in place, you need to make decisions around mentor/mentee matching, mentoring agreements, and time frames. You’ll work together to solve mentorship problems and challenges. You will also have the opportunity to continue work on your mentoring program project plans, which will include a detailed structure, program notes, and initial content that will be further developed. By the end of session two, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key characteristics of a successful mentoring program.
  • Design the structure and content of a mentoring program.

In the final workshop session, you’ll explore two critical aspects of mentoring: preparing mentors and measuring impact. You will learn how to cultivate effective mentors, as well as develop two to three key measures of success for your programs. At the end of session three, you will be able to:

  • Train internal or external mentors in providing mentoring experiences.
  • List key measures for a mentoring program.
Course Information
What to Expect?
  • Technical Requirements: This program is conducted in the WebEx Training Center. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate. In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.
Who Should Attend?

This program is for professionals who are new to building and implementing mentoring programs. Experience as a mentor or mentee is a benefit, but not required. Learning and development professionals with experience in mentoring who would like to refresh some foundational skills will also benefit from this program.

What Will I Learn?

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Define mentorship and mentoring.
  • Identify the key characteristics of a successful mentoring program.
  • Design the structure and content of a mentoring program.
  • Train internal or external mentors in providing mentoring experiences.
How Long Is This Course?
  • Online: 3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • On-Site: Flexible dates & duration
Can I Earn Credit?

Earn .45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. This program may be eligible for up to 4.5 CPLP recertification points.

What Is The Attendance Policy?

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and .45 CEUs. Participants who fulfill this attendance requirement will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program. If you must miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program.

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What Participants Are Saying
"This program was concise and to the point.  Mentorship is an subject that can go in a lot of directions, but I felt this course was focused and powerful.  I was able to enhance our mentorship program guide by being reminded to align our organizational goals, add in key definitions, and insert tips for mentors. Further, the instructor had great suggestions for resources such as books, articles etc. for us to continue researching mentoring."
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